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#16 z cars chris

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 08:26 PM

Im interested in making a front engined RWD bike powered mini too. Whilst ill agree with Chris that mid engined rear wheel drive would be a faster i would still prefer the engine up front for several reasons
1. It keeps the car looking more original.
2. I feel a front engined RWD car is easier to fabricate in a DIY situation.
3. Im not making the car for all out speed just a fun weekend vehicle.

I have seen pictures of this mini

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which is pretty much what im after drivetrain wise and it apparently has Z-cars trailing arms?

This particular setup uses a sierra diff though and as the 3.14 ratio boxes are like gold dust these days im thinking of using a freelander 3.21 instead with the added benifit that its a but lighter too.

Is it possible to buy the trailing arm setup from Z-cars? Im sure I could work it out and fabricate my own as im a fairly competent engineer but im going to have to bow to the combined knowledge of the Z-cars team especially when it comes to trailing arm suspension.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 08:27 PM

by the way i think that car is from a guy in denmark or similar
he bought some arms from us a couple of yrs ago to do that project

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 08:41 PM

i wish i had the money for an r1 conversion, personally id have it all in the back,

i cant see how aving it front engined rear wheel drive will make it look more standard, doesnt the bonnet have to be longer to fit it in? and you still have to chop away at the back seats, also cant be easier to build because youd have to make the tunnel bigger to accomodate for the exhaust aswell as the prop shaft

am i talking sense here?

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 09:44 PM

Yes you are talking sence but using something like an R1, which isnt as tall as say a ZX12R so can fit under the bonnet.

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I also dont think the seat backs will need modifying either. The boot floor will need modifying a bit but that's not really seen. With regards to a tunnel yes that will need enlarging but i think once carpeted that wont be seen that much.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 01:57 AM

drift mini? thats what i want! front engine rwd welded dif! :)

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 12:50 PM

not on Z cars - you need to go to www.pro-motive.co.uk

they do superb FWD R 1 conversion packages.

just like mine :)

ah, just saw the RWD bit - thats a kit car company from derby way I think. but try pro-motive anyways.

just wondering what is the kit car company near derby? as im currently looking at a conversion aswell for a future mini and from
Derby. so if you could help that would be great

Edited by ..mini...dave.., 29 March 2010 - 12:51 PM.

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